"Constructive spirit" urged in negotiations on new development agenda

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Sam Kutesa. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Member States of the United Nations have been urged to approach negotiations on a post-2015 development agenda with a positive and constructive spirit.

The appeal was made by the President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa on Wednesday.

In 2000 world leaders set 2015 as the deadline for meeting anti-poverty goals and there are now negotiations on sustainable development goals to be adopted later this year.

Briefing Members States on the work of the General Assembly, Mr. Kutesa said the first session of intergovernmental negotiations will take place next week from 19 to 21 January.

He told diplomats in New York that the intergovernmental process should be undertaken in an open and transparent fashion.

"As we embark on the critical task of formulating an inclusive and transformative post-2015 development agenda, I call on Member States to approach the negotiations with a positive and constructive spirit. Over the next several months, we have a truly historic opportunity to agree on an inspiring agenda that will directly improve the lives of people around the world." (23")

Mr Kutesa said the initial draft of the Outcome Document, which should be prepared by this coming May, will be based on the views of Member States and take into account discussions throughout the negotiations.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration: 1’38″

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